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Here’s Who Is Taking Over Echo Park’s Soon-to-Close Staple Restaurant the Park

Plus dim sum in Downtown, and Top Chef news

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Food from the Park in Echo Park
Farley Elliott
Farley Elliott is the Senior Editor at Eater LA and the author of Los Angeles Street Food: A History From Tamaleros to Taco Trucks. He covers restaurants in every form, from breaking news to the culture, people, and history that surrounds LA's dining landscape.

New details have emerged around the upcoming closure of longtime Echo Park restaurant the Park, which announced that it would end its run in March after years anchoring the changing dining landscape there. The new incoming owners are Dave Abrams and Johnny Jeltema, who both previously spent time working under the Eastside Establishment umbrella. Jeltema is a hospitality consultant who worked at Covell and Hotel Covell, and Abrams a partner and operator at beer and chicken spot Crawfords.

The pair worked with current Park owner Josh Siegel on a planned transition that will see the restaurant close in March and reopen under a new name and guidance sometime in early summer. Though the name is still in the works, Jeltema tells Eater that the project should keep its neighborhood vibe, complete with “reasonable prices and genuine hospitality,” particularly on Dodger game days. More to come down the line.

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— Angeleno Wine Company is throwing a big wine party in far Chinatown on February 21, in conjunction with the LA Vintner’s Association.

Top Chef is coming back, and the entire series (save for the finale) is filmed in and around Los Angeles. Check out the trailer below.